||[Mar. 4th, 2006|09:48 pm]
I got a new mailer from the city about what can and can't be recycled. I generally tape this to my recycle can (looks just like my real garbage can, but full of glass and junk mail) in case I forget whether coat hangers and chip bags are ok (answer: coat hangers, yes, chip bags, not okay).
Removing the old flyer, I notice no new additions to the "yes" list, but a few to the "no" list. My general thought is that the recycle people would only bother to add items to the "no" list and redesign the flyer if these items have been showing up in people's bins on a regular basis.
For the record, the new items on the poster are "Clothing, textiles and shoes" and "plant pots" (the photo shows both the plastic kind AND the terracotta kind).
I understand thinking plastic plant pots are recycleable (hey, they're plastic) , but clothes and shoes?! What items have you bought that say "made from 80% post-consumer recycled Nikes" that would make you think these can be cut up and morphed into something new? Or do people think whatever gets dumped in the bin that can't be recycled goes to Goodwill? Also, terra cotta pots: if someone develops a method to take fired ceramic clay and convert it back into its pliable clay state, I'm sure there are tons of summer camp counselors and first year ceramics students that would love to know about it.
the new poster is here as a PDF if you're curious, or if you'd like to use it to photoshop a parody with new non-recyclables like "crack pipes" or "dead rats".